Mc Kinney, TX
I enjoy shopping at both the Allen and McKinney Kid2Kid stores. At the Allen store though, it seems like I've been waited on by someone different EVERY time I've been in (which may be a sign of crappy ownership/management). I've gotten a handful or two of great items, many of which were additionally marked down (I'm a major bargain hunter!) and many of the items still carry tags on them (new!). I've brought things there to sell/get store credit and have come to the realization that they are only interested in NAME BRAND clothing (Carter's, Gymboree, Children's Place, Baby Gap, etc.) and couldn't care less about the boutique/specialty store items, even if they are really cute outfits! I have to be honest: a lot of the stuff that the children's stores have is just plain UGLY to me and the quality is NOT any better than most of the Carter's or Target's CIRCO brand clothing, so I'm disappointed that it seems like this is the mindset the buyers there have. Additionally, I've been a little disgusted about how DIRTY many of the shoes they are attempting to resell are! I'd rather go to a GARAGE SALE (and I HATE garage sales!) than pay $10 for a used and DIRTY pair of toddler's shoes! How about applying a little elbow grease and some 409 for five minutes to earn that 10-spot? ; )
All in all, I will continue to buy/sell my clothing items here (both locations) because it's close, the stock is always getting updated, and as long as I feel I'm not getting ripped off on my brought-in items (like I felt at OUAC). For my larger items, I've had better luck getting a fair price selling them on craigslist.
In a nutshell, I will ONLY SHOP here again when I'm DESPERATE and I will NEVER SELL anything to them again. For my reasons, read on. Otherwise, have a great day! : )
After only buying/selling from/to the Kid 2 Kid stores in Collin County (see http://www.kidtokid.com/locations.php to find the stores nearest you), I thought I'd spread my stock a little further and try this OUAC, located so close to my mom's house. I had two brand new items that had never been opened and a hard-to-find-used Snap 'n Go stroller. Two of the items were immediately rejected by the salesgirl as being "not popular" items and for the brand new item that sells at Target for $30, they gave me $10. Too say I was mildly shocked is an understatement. Before I decided to sell at OUAC, I called the two closest K2K stores and asked if they were interested in the items and they BOTH were happy to take them! I would've taken my third item and just walked out of the store if I hadn't already found a pair of shoes I liked for my DD. Speaking of the shoes - they are all kept in large Rubbermaid bins, organized by size. Hmm... is that why I found my DD's size 8 shoes in the fifth tub I looked in once I realized that the shoes were ALL mixed up?
The girls working here are obviously teenagers from the closest high school (whose economic demographic predisposes them to NEVER having to buy "used" anything!). They were all standing or sitting behind the counter the entire time talking and appeared to be inconvenienced when I decided to check out. (They all just looked at each other when I put my stuff down and one finally jumped up. Thanks!)
As far as their stock goes, it's nothing extraordinary, and in fact, I was surprised at how expensive their prices were (again, compared to their competitor) and how few truly "cute" items they had. I guess I'm just not the type of consumer that goes by store/brand name alone and let's face it, some of the stuff that comes from the fancier children's stores AIN'T that cute!
Once at Once Upon a Child was enough for me!
I find it fascinating that the main complaint about Dr. Poliak is NOT about anything medical, but about the PERSONAL.... The first and only time I visited this dermatologist (after going to another one and having a skin care products line pushed on me - how obvious of a side business is THAT?), the waiting room was PACKED, predominately with an older patient demographic. I was seen within a REASONABLE amount of time after waiting in both the "waiting room" (Funny how it's called that!) and in the patient's room and Dr. Poliak took care of my issues (yes, there were two of them) briskly and pleasantly.
Perhaps because I've been to foreign countries, have done business with and taught foreigners, I was not offended by and did not take personally Dr. Poliak's lack of "hand-holding" and idle chit-chat. Also because I've been a patient of doctors in a foreign country, I was aware of the difference in style in the doctor-patient relationship. I'm not excusing Dr. Poliak's perceived lack of warmth or time spent discussing issues, I'm just saying that it seems like in the U.S., we've gone out of our way to bring medical professionals "DOWN" to the patients' level in that we seem to think that we should be able to chat them up or expect lengthy examinations (if we only scheduled for something brief - there IS a difference in billing there!) just BECAUSE we in the same room together (finally!). In many other countries, however, there is still a great divide and level of respect that is given to people who have spent YEARS in training, especially in a specialty like dermatology.
if you were referred to Dr. Poliak, either by your regular physician or a friend, chances are it's because she is GOOD at what she does: treating dermatological issues. This is also probably why she's always so booked and in a rush to get to the next patient. Deal with it or just go find another doctor.